Earth and Envoironmental Science at Lancaster University

Earth and Environmental Science Degrees

Ben Ireland, BSc Earth and Environmental Science

A place for Ben

I got a good feel for Lancaster when I visited an Open Day. It was clear to me that students were really behind their university and passionate about showing visitors their home. I could tell that the University had a supportive community of students and tutors, and this definitely rings true as a student who decided to study at Lancaster.

My favourite topic I've studied is geology, and I have had many opportunities to take my learning beyond the University and out into the field. We went to White Scar Caves to check out the different rock types and see for ourselves various rock formations. I found the experience really insightful, especially being able to see how the rock formed in sequence over time, it helped me to contextualise what we learn in lectures and relate it back to real environments.

My tutors are also academic researchers, which means that our learning is tailored around discoveries made at the forefront of science and innovation. I am able to study real, relevant subjects and learn about new developments in topics such as climate change and the effects on our ecosystems almost as they happen. My course has enabled me to take a field trip to Mount Etna - with so many opportunities to get hands-on with my learning, I know this degree can take me wherever I want it to.

Ben Ireland, BSc Earth and Environmental Science

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Learning on location

We take full advantage of our natural surrounding to create amazing fieldwork experiences, in addition to the opportunities to travel with the world with optional residential and overseas field trips.

  • Switzerland

    You will select from one of six interconnected study themes to explore: alpine climate and hydrology; glacial processes; alpine rivers; streams; soils; and ecosystems. Through the collection of significant amounts of field data on your chosen theme, you will gain understanding of a particular thematic focus of alpine environments.

  • Carrock Fell

    Spend a week in the nearby Lake District World Heritage Site, learning key field and laboratory skills needed to succeed in the environmental and Earth sciences. You will collect primary data from a disused tungsten mine, and analyse and interpret these data to assess the present and future impacts the mine will have on stream water quality.

  • Italy

    Visit Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, and study the complex processes that take place both on the surface and beneath volcanoes. You will explore many physical volcanic processes, including lava flow emplacement, explosive events and the evolution of a basaltic volcano. You will also evaluate methods of managing volcanic hazards on densely populated active volcanoes.

  • Isle of Mull

    Study geologic and geomorphological processes, and develop your Earth science field skills, during our field trip to the Isle of Mull in Scotland. During this trip, you will learn how to collect field data to make a geologic map. You will also visit some of the oldest rock formations in the UK and will learn about a wide range of geologic terrains.

  • Croatia

    The Istrian Peninsula is an idyllic landscape of olive groves, forests, wineries and beaches. This environment is strongly governed by its geology, biodiversity and position between differing climates. During this trip, you will focus on the challenges of environmental management, particularly of water resources, in this unique landscape.

  • Local field excursions

    Nestled between the Lake District World Heritage Site, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to major cities such as Manchester, Lancaster is ideally placed to study environmental and geological processes.

Your study

Our academics are leaders in their fields of research and deliver enthusiastic and engaging teaching through a range of methods.

Related subject areas

We also offer courses in the related areas of Ecology and Conservation and Geography. Find out more about these degrees.

  • Environmental Science

    Our degrees will help you to understand how the environment has evolved to its current state and how it might change in the future.

  • Ecology and Conservation

    You will examine the ecology and conservation of different ecosystems, in which organisms are locked in complex interactions with one another and their environment.

  • Geography

    Geography is a distinctive subject that links the physical and social sciences in a quest to solve environmental issues of global significance.

  • Human Geography

    Study the ways in which people interact with their environment and how they form communities, cultures and economies.

  • Physical Geography

    Learn about the processes operating within our natural environment and explore the physical world.

  • Geography as a joint-major degree

    Take Geography as a joint-major degree alongside Economics, French, German or Spanish.